Ciolacu: We must honour NATO and the U.S. - Patriot system to reinforce Romanian security

Ciolacu: We must honour NATO and the U.S. - Patriot system to reinforce Romanian security
On Monday, Romanian Deputy PM Marcel Ciolacu speaking about his country's planned purchase of the Patriot missile system, he said that it will strengthen Romania's security.

"Romania must honor its commitments to NATO and its strategic partner, the U.S.. The purchase of the Patriot missile system will strengthen the security of our country and of NATO's south-eastern flank. It is important that the bill on the purchase of the Patriot missile system, which was adopted by the government on November 8, also clears Parliament this week, so that we are able to observe the calendar negotiated with our partners," Ciolacu wrote on Facebook (Agerpres).

The Monday meeting of the Senate Defence Committee will debate the government's bill regarding the purchase of seven Patriot surface-to-air missile systems and of auxiliary equipment, "for a total of about 4.62 billion US dollars, VAT included. Four systems will be assigned to the Air Force and three to the Land Force."

The bill about the Ground-based Air Defence Capability which is under the programme "Long-range surface-to-air missile system" was registered at the Senate on November 9 and was requested that it is debated in a fast-track procedure.../IBNA

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